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Don’t Forget Water, Says BPEX

by 5m Editor
17 April 2012, at 6:43am

UK - The priority for newly weaned pigs is to maximise water and feed intake.

Water can often be the ‘forgotten nutrient’ but feed intake is determined by water consumption, not the other way round. The most important points for piglet water supply are:

  • It should be good quality clean water
  • Check it regularly
  • The welfare code and Red Tractor recommendations are to maintain a minimum flow rate of 300ml per minute. Preferably, it should be 450 to 600ml per minute
  • Ensure header tanks are clean and covered.

For more information, download the factsheet 2TS Action for Productivity 16 Water supply from here.